Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Writers [NOOK Book]

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Being a writer can be a lonely and frustrating experience. The stories in this book?by a wide range of professional writers, novelists, journalists, freelancers, poets, and screenwriters?will give readers insight into the human trials, tribulations, and triumphs of writers, and writers a source of inspiration and commiseration. Whether readers are beginning writers, seasoned pros, or wannabes, the stories of purpose, passion, endurance, and success contained in Chicken Soup for the Writer?s Soul will inform,...
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Overview

Being a writer can be a lonely and frustrating experience. The stories in this book—by a wide range of professional writers, novelists, journalists, freelancers, poets, and screenwriters—will give readers insight into the human trials, tribulations, and triumphs of writers, and writers a source of inspiration and commiseration. Whether readers are beginning writers, seasoned pros, or wannabes, the stories of purpose, passion, endurance, and success contained in Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul will inform, entertain, uplift, and inspire them. In its pages, they will learn important lessons on: the importance of perseverance, the value of being yourself, the process of discovering your own voice, the need for mentors and allies, and the power of following your heartfelt dreams. Contributors include: Sue Grafton, Steve Allen, Dave Barry, Agatha Christie, Art Linkletter, Terry McMillan, and more.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The ever-popular "Chicken Soup" series here dishes up a nice meal that is intended to nourish and sustain those who write. These morsels are served in a manner that allows the listener to savor each piece. The meal alternates between short epigrams from famous authors and more substantial accounts of an aspect of the business of writing, including the story of how the gift of a book affected a young man's life; how a woman was able to pay her way through college by writing; and how an aspiring writer became a famous author's secretary by seeking that author's advice. The narrators of these tales do a splendid job; each reads clearly and with sincere enthusiasm. Public libraries will wish to consider this as well as any school or academic institution offering courses in creative writing.--Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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This audiotape includes twelve stories of how each author found either the courage, determination, encouragement, or the fortitude to continue writing. Read by several voices, all soothing and easy to listen to, each story demonstrates a way in which the author found inspiration to write or to continue to write.Just as there are different authors telling their stories, there are various forms of inspiration. A common piece of advice, found in "A Chat with Alex Haley" and "A Season with the Great Sinclair Lewis," is to write continuously. According to both Haley and Lewis, no matter how one feels or what is going on in their lives, a writer should have the discipline to write something every day. The same advice from two famous and prolific writers should not be ignored. The stories "Ronnie's Book" and "The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives" demonstrate how the courage of others can be an inspiration to write. In "Ronnie's Book" the author learned first-hand that one book can change a young person, which inspired her to write stories with the hope that one may change the life of a child. Reg Green, who wrote "The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives" found that the power of love can spread the word, in this case about organ transplants, to save other lives throughout the world. Conversely, in "The Professor in Me," a respected professor told Catherine Lanagan that she had no talent to write. She was devastated and did not write for years. Eventually she learned she had talent, took up writing again, and published many books. The words of one person effectively destroyed the confidence of a young writer. Whether a seasoned writer, an aspiring author, or just a collector of good stories, this audiotape is worth listening to and being inspired by.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453280300
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 325,437
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. They are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Bud Gardner, who taught Writing for Publication for twenty years at American River College in Sacramento, California, joins Canfield and Hansen in this collection. Gardner is also on the faculty of both the Reader’s Digest writer's workshops and the Maui Writer’s Retreat and Conference. He is a recipient of the Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award, an honor bestowed upon the most inspirational writing coach in America by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. 
Jack Canfield is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Mark Victor Hansen is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
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Consider This

The marvelous richness of human excperience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were not limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.

Helen Keller

  • Richard Hooker worked for seven years on his humorous war novel, M*A*S*H* only to have it rejected by twenty-one publishers before Morrow decided to publish it. It became a runaway bestseller, spawning a blockbuster movie and a highly successful television series.
  • Richard Bach completed only one year of college, then trained to become an Air Force jet-fighter pilot. Twenty months after earning his wings, he resigned. Then he became an editor of an aviation magazine that went bankrupt. Life became one failure after another. Even when he wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull, he couldn't think of an ending. The 10,000-word manuscript lay dormant for eight years before he decided how to finish it—only to have eighteen publishers reject it before it was finally published by Macmillan. However once it was published, the book went on to sell more than 7 million copies in numerous languages and make Richard Bach an internationally known and respected author.
  • Louis L'Amour, successful author of more than 100 western novels with more than 200 million copies in print, received 350 rejections before he made his first sale. He later became the first American novelist to receive a special congressional gold medal in recognition of his distinguished career as an author and contributor to the nation through his historically based books.
  • British Writer John Creasy received 774 rejections before selling his first story. He went on to write 564 books, using fourteen different names.
  • In 1953, Julia Child and her two collaborators signed a publishing contract to produce a book tentatively titled French Cooking for the American Kitchen. Julia and her colleagues worked on the book for five years. The publisher rejected the 850-page manuscript. Child and her partners worked for another year totally revising the manuscript. Again the publisher rejected it. But Julia Child did not give up. She and her collaborators went back to work again, found a new publisher, and in 1961—eight years after beginning—they published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which has sold more than one million copies. In 1966, Time magazine featured Julia Child on its cover. Julia Child is still at the top of her field thirty years later.
  • Dr. Seuss' first children's book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by twenty-seven publishers. The twenty-eighth publisher, Vanguard press, sold six million copies of the book. All of his children's books went on to sell a total of more than 100 million copies.
  • The author William Kennedy had written several manuscripts, all of them rejected by numerous publishers before his "sudden success" with his novel Ironweed, which was rejected by thirteen publishers before it was finally accepted for publication.
  • Pearl Buck's The Good Earth was rejected fourteen times and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.
  • The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer was rejected twelve times.
  • Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone with the Wind was turned down by more than twenty-five publishers.
  • Mary Higgins Clark was rejected forty times before selling her first story. More than 30 million copies of her books are now in print.
  • Robert Pirsig's classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was rejected by 121 publishers before being published.
  • Fifteen publishers and thirty agents turned down John Grisham's first novel A Time to Kill. More than 60 million copies of his novels are now in print.
  • Jack London received 600 rejection slips before he sold his first story.
  • Eight years after his novel Steps won the National Book Award, Jerzy Kosinski permitted a writer to change his name and the title and send a manuscript of the novel to thirteen agents and fourteen publishers to test the plight of new writers. They all rejected it, including Random House, which had published it.
  • When we completed the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, it was turned down by thirty-three publishers in New York and another ninety at the American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim, California, before Health Communications, Inc., finally agreed to publish it. Ah the major New York publishers said, "It is too nicey-nice" and "Nobody wants to read a book of short little stories." Since that time more than 8 million copies of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book have been sold. The series, which has grown to thirty-two titles, in thirty-one languages, has sold more than 53 million copies.
  • Alex Haley received a rejection letter once a week for four years as a budding writer. Later in his career, Alex was ready to give up on the book Roots and himself. After nine years on the project, he felt inadequate to the task and was ready to throw himself off a freighter in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. As he was standing at the back of the freighter, looking at the wake and preparing to jump into the ocean, he heard the voices of all his ancestors saying, "You go do what you got to do because they are all up there watching. Don't give up. You can do it. We're counting on you!" In the subsequent weeks, the final draft of Roots poured out of him.
  • The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood before 20th-Century Fox finally produced it. It went on to be one of the largest grossing movies in film history.
  • E.T, Forrest Gump Home Alone, Speed and Pulp Fiction were all rejected by major studios before they finally found a studio willing to produce them.
  • In 1902 the poetry editor of the Atlantic Monthly returned the poems of a twenty-eight-year-old poet with the following note: "Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse." The poet was Robert Browning.
  • In 1889, Rudyard Kipling received the following rejection letter from the San Francisco Examiner: "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language."
  • Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was encouraged to find work as a servant or seamstress by her family.
  • Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace, flunked out of college. He was described as "both unable and unwilling to learn."
  • Woody Allen—Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director-flunked motion picture production at New York University and the City College of New York. He also failed English at New York University.
  • Leon Uris, author of the bestseller Exodus, failed high school English three times.
  • Malcolm Forbes, the late editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, one of the most successful business publications in the world, failed to make the staff of the school newspaper when he was an undergraduate at Princeton University.
  • After Thomas Carlyle lent the manuscript of The French Revolution to a friend whose servant carelessly used it to kindle a fire, he calmly went to work and rewrote it.
  • John Bunyan wrote Pilgram's Progress while confined to a Bedford Prison cell for his views on religion; Sir Waiter Raleigh wrote the History of the World during a thirteen-year imprisonment; and Martin Luther translated the Bible while confined in the Castle of Wartburg.
  • Novelist Carson McCullers endured three strokes before she was twenty-nine. While she was crippled, partially paralyzed and in constant pain, she suffered the profound shock of her husband's suicide. Others may have surrendered to such afflictions, but she settled for writing no less than a page a day. On that unrelenting schedule, she turned out many distinguished novels, including Member of the Wedding, The Ballad of the Sad CafT and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Bud Gardner

(c)2000. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul by Jack Canfield, Marc Victor Hansen, Bud Gardner. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xvii
Share with Us xix
1. How I Became A Writer
Ronny's Book 2
A Writer's Journey 6
Vindication 12
1,600 Articles Ago 17
At Aunt Jennie's Knee 22
The Writer's Song 27
Write--To Conquer Your Fear 31
From an Abyss to the Mountain Top 36
Why I Write 41
We Were All Beginners Once 46
2. Living Your Dream
Alex Haley--A Writer of Destiny 54
Dreams Do Come True 61
Dreams Lost and Found 64
Dreams Have a Price 68
For Love or Money 71
Take That Chance! 75
3. Defining Moments
A Serendipitous Visit to Revelation Island 84
Writing Can Be Magic 91
Papa's Gift 97
You Can't Afford to Doubt Yourself 100
A Perfect Night to Die 104
A Chat with Alex Haley 108
Cash Rewards 115
Why I Keep Writing 119
4. Finding Your Voice
It Doesn't Matter What You Write 124
Legacy 128
A Writer's Real Worth Is Inside 134
Writer, Teacher, Peaceful Warrior 138
Counsel from a Veteran of the Writing Wars 144
Coded Messages and Kindred Spirits 146
5. Mentors
A Gift to Myself 152
My Dad Story 159
Writing from the Heart 163
Accused of Plagiarism--My Highest Compliment 171
Sometimes the Biggest Are the Nicest 174
So Long Lives This 179
From Noah's Ark Writer to Bestseller 182
Angels over My Keyboard 186
6. Making a Difference
Painting Portraits on Our Souls 194
The Boy Who Saved Thousands of Lives 201
The Christmas Box 204
Writers in Prison 212
A Season with the Great Sinclair Lewis 217
Dean Has AIDS--A Father's Story 221
7. Overcoming Obstacles
In Spite of It All 226
The Professor and Me 230
You're a Loser, Cunningham 235
The Obsession 240
Sometimes Secret Writers 243
How to Write Your Way Through College 246
A New Yardstick 251
Writing Is My Destiny 256
Writing for My Health 260
8. A Writer's Life
Still Standing 266
A Man Called Charlie Black 273
Mixed Blessings 277
Be Ready When Your Editor Calls 280
Helen Help Us! 283
A Bucket Full of Research 288
Making a 'Pottment 290
Summertime, and the Writin's NOT Easy 293
Marriage and Metaphors: A Writer's Life On and Off the Pages 298
9. The Power of Perseverance
A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to OK 304
Nothing Comes Easy 307
The Courage of the Long-Distance Writer 310
So He Must Be Right, Huh? 315
Mommy, Please Write a Book for Me 319
No One Faces Rejection More Often than an Author 322
Learning from Rejection 328
Consider This 332
Some People Just Can't Take a Hint 337
How I Want to Be Remembered 341
10. Insights and Lessons
The House on Phoenix Circle 346
Nothing Unconnected Lasts 352
Lesson of a Lifetime 356
The Flop Artist Writer 362
The Miraculous Link 367
Power Lounging 370
The Gift 376
How to Be Madder than Captain Ahab 382
Supporting Writers of the World 387
More Chicken Soup? 388
Who Is Jack Canfield? 389
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 390
Who Is Bud Gardner? 391
Contributors 392
Permissions 403
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First Chapter

The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were not limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
—Helen Keller
  • Richard Hooker worked for seven years on his humorous war novel, M*A*S*H* only to have it rejected by twenty-one publishers before Morrow decided to publish it. It became a runaway bestseller, spawning a blockbuster movie and a highly successful television series.
  • Richard Bach completed only one year of college, then trained to become an Air Force jet-fighter pilot. Twenty months after earning his wings, he resigned. Then he became an editor of an aviation magazine that went bankrupt. Life became one failure after another. Even when he wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull, he couldn't think of an ending. The 10,000-word manuscript lay dormant for eight years before he decided how to finish it--only to have eighteen publishers reject it before it was finally published by Macmillan. However once it was published, the book went on to sell more than 7 million copies in numerous languages and make Richard Bach an internationally known and respected author.
  • Louis L'Amour, successful author of more than 100 western novels with more than 200 million copies in print, received 350 rejections before he made his first sale. He later became the first American novelist to receive a special congressional gold medal in recognition of his distinguished career as an author and contributor to the nation through his historically based books.
  • British Writer John Creasy received 774 rejections before selling his first story. He went on to write 564 books, using fourteen different names.
  • In 1953, Julia Child and her two collaborators signed a publishing contract to produce a book tentatively titled French Cooking for the American Kitchen. Julia and her colleagues worked on the book for five years. The publisher rejected the 850-page manuscript. Child and her partners worked for another year totally revising the manuscript. Again the publisher rejected it. But Julia Child did not give up. She and her collaborators went back to work again, found a new publisher, and in 1961--eight years after beginning--they published Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which has sold more than one million copies. In 1966, Time magazine featured Julia Child on its cover. Julia Child is still at the top of her field thirty years later.
  • Dr. Seuss' first children's book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by twenty-seven publishers. The twenty-eighth publisher, Vanguard press, sold six million copies of the book. All of his children's books went on to sell a total of more than 100 million copies.
  • The author William Kennedy had written several manuscripts, all of them rejected by numerous publishers before his "sudden success" with his novel Ironweed, which was rejected by thirteen publishers before it was finally accepted for publication.
  • Pearl Buck's The Good Earth was rejected fourteen times and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.
  • The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer was rejected twelve times.
  • Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone with the Wind was turned down by more than twenty-five publishers.
  • Mary Higgins Clark was rejected forty times before selling her first story. More than 30 million copies of her books are now in print.
  • Robert Pirsig's classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was rejected by 121 publishers before being published.
  • Fifteen publishers and thirty agents turned down John Grisham's first novel A Time to Kill. More than 60 million copies of his novels are now in print.
  • Jack London received 600 rejection slips before he sold his first story.
  • Eight years after his novel Steps won the National Book Award, Jerzy Kosinski permitted a writer to change his name and the title and send a manuscript of the novel to thirteen agents and fourteen publishers to test the plight of new writers. They all rejected it, including Random House, which had published it.
  • When we completed the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, it was turned down by thirty-three publishers in New York and another ninety at the American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim, California, before Health Communications, Inc., finally agreed to publish it. Ah the major New York publishers said, "It is too nicey-nice" and "Nobody wants to read a book of short little stories." Since that time more than 8 million copies of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul book have been sold. The series, which has grown to thirty-two titles, in thirty-one languages, has sold more than 53 million copies.
  • Alex Haley received a rejection letter once a week for four years as a budding writer. Later in his career, Alex was ready to give up on the book Roots and himself. After nine years on the project, he felt inadequate to the task and was ready to throw himself off a freighter in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. As he was standing at the back of the freighter, looking at the wake and preparing to jump into the ocean, he heard the voices of all his ancestors saying, "You go do what you got to do because they are all up there watching. Don't give up. You can do it. We're counting on you!" In the subsequent weeks, the final draft of Roots poured out of him.
  • The movie Star Wars was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood before 20th-Century Fox finally produced it. It went on to be one of the largest grossing movies in film history.
  • E.T, Forrest Gump, Home Alone, Speed and Pulp Fiction were all rejected by major studios before they finally found a studio willing to produce them.
  • In 1902 the poetry editor of the Atlantic Monthly returned the poems of a twenty-eight-year-old poet with the following note: "Our magazine has no room for your vigorous verse." The poet was Robert Browning.
  • In 1889, Rudyard Kipling received the following rejection letter from the San Francisco Examiner: "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language."
  • Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was encouraged to find work as a servant or seamstress by her family.
  • Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace, flunked out of college. He was described as "both unable and unwilling to learn."
  • Woody Allen--Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director-flunked motion picture production at New York University and the City College of New York. He also failed English at New York University.
  • Leon Uris, author of the bestseller Exodus, failed high school English three times.
  • Malcolm Forbes, the late editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, one of the most successful business publications in the world, failed to make the staff of the school newspaper when he was an undergraduate at Princeton University.
  • After Thomas Carlyle lent the manuscript of The French Revolution to a friend whose servant carelessly used it to kindle a fire, he calmly went to work and rewrote it.
  • John Bunyan wrote Pilgram's Progress while confined to a Bedford Prison cell for his views on religion; Sir Waiter Raleigh wrote the History of the World during a thirteen-year imprisonment; and Martin Luther translated the Bible while confined in the Castle of Wartburg.
  • Novelist Carson McCullers endured three strokes before she was twenty-nine. While she was crippled, partially paralyzed and in constant pain, she suffered the profound shock of her husband's suicide. Others may have surrendered to such afflictions, but she settled for writing no less than a page a day. On that unrelenting schedule, she turned out many distinguished novels, including Member of the Wedding, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.



    Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Bud Gardner
    (c)2000. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul by Jack Canfield, Marc Victor Hansen, Bud Gardner. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    Excellent Resource

    I am a teenage writer. I practice writing everyday, like many of the contributors to this WONDERFUL book. I have a large 'sourcebank' of ideas and pieces that I can send out to contests and agents when I turn 18. This book inspired me to never give up and always write, for only I can tell a story from my heart! When I am stuick, I thumb through the pages, like receiving a hug from an old and dear friend. This book is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    Chicken Soup is a real inspiration

    Chicken Soup for the Writer¿s Soul is a touching and powerful book. For those aspiring to be writers or in a field dealing with writing, this book will leave you truly inspired. The stories are told from different writers who have been through various struggles during their writing careers. This book was particularly helpful because it not only contained stories from amateur writers, but famous ones as well. When reading the stories of those who have already made it in the writing field, you realize that your dreams can come true too. Personally, I use some of the quotes in the book to inspire me whenever I begin a writing task. Chicken Soup for the Writer¿s Soul is a special book to me, one that I will treasure for many years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    A Writer's Dream

    This book is exactly what the writer oredered. Rarely do writers -beginning and professional- enjoy such a wonderful book! This book is filled with endless stories to motivate writers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2000

    A Must for All Aspiring Writers

    For years, I had talked about writing a non-fiction business book but I couldn't get started. After reading the stories in 'Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul', I was inspired to start. I go back and re-read a story every night to make sure that I don't lose my momentum. The book is stimulating, entertaining and easy to read. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    A Celebration of Good Writing

    Chicken Soup for the Writer¿s Soul is different from the other Chicken Soup books. Bud Gardner solicited stories, usually autobiographies, from famous contemporary writers. The result is great writing and a celebration of authorship. Some of the 79 (not the usual 101 advertised) contributors are Sue Grafton, Steve Allen, Ray Bradbury, Barbara Cartland, Clive Cussler, Richard Paul Evans, Ernest J. Gaines, Art Linkletter, George Plimpton, Garry Marshall, Irving Wallace, Barnaby Conrad, Catherine Lanigan, Jeff Arch, Gene Perret, Hugh Prather, Bryce Courtenay, Dan Millman, Howard Fast and 61 more. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen started off with a general Chicken Soup for the Soul book. Then they narrowed the focus to teenage, college, Christian, pets, etc. Each year, the focus becomes narrower and narrower. Now we are down to writers. Next could be nonfiction writers, fiction writers, and screenwriters. Then mystery writers, sci-fi writers and, finally, Barnes & Noble Review Writers. Where will it end? Someday will there be a book for each reader¿s own personal soul? Bud Gardner has taught writing for more than 40 years. His mission in life is to turn the world onto the value of reading and (better) writing. He believes we don't write because we know what we want to say, we write to know, to learn, to grow, to understand. His students have prospered (selling more than 3,000 articles and 113 books, earning more than $3,000,000 from their writing), his readers have enjoyed and writers everywhere are the beneficiaries of his work. This book is more than a labor of love; it is monumental collection of the best of the best. Writers will find this book fascinating and an inspiration. It is the ideal gift for the writer in your life.

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    Posted May 26, 2011

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